Fundraiser a huge success for local police officer's daughter
- Written by Cheryl "CJ" Johnson
Over 500 residents from Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita and Porter came out in full force to support the Rachel Zientek Big Top Fundraiser and BBQ on Sat., Aug. 7th. The fundraiser was sponsored by the Itty Bitty Charity Committee of Kingwood and raised over $20,000 for HPD Officer Mike Zientek's 16-year-old daughter Rachel, who survived a plane crash in Alaska with multiple injuries. The Silent Auction raised over $6,000 and there were items such as autographed basketballs by Shaquille O'Neal and box seats to several Houston Astros games. The massive amounts of food being served in the Food Tent actually ran out, and thanks to people like Dave Crawford who ran out to get food and ice, and Skeeter's owner who sent food over from his restaurant to help keep the Food Tent going. Different festivities abounded...from the moonwalk, to the giant slide, to the face painting and spin art booths. There was a cake walk, and a foot ball toss, and most fun was the dunking booth where local celebs like HPD Captain Bryan Bennett, Humble ISD School Board member Brent Engelage, and City Council member Mike Sullivan all took turns. In the end, it was all about a young 16-yr-old girl, who was on her way to a summer adventure, as a nanny for two small children whose parents were friends of her family. Even after the plane crashed, and while Rachel was suffering grievous injuries, this young lady showed an uncommon fortitude and courage...and saved the baby she was charged with caring for, by handing him out to rescuers. This fundraiser was for Rachel...a very special girl. Photos: (Top) Sparky and Zientek family. (Bottom) The silent auction was a huge success.